Rhinoplasty has remained one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for decades. A surgery that changes the shape of the nose, it is a complex procedure which needs to be carried out by an experienced surgeon.
While the majority of rhinoplasty procedures run smoothly, there are some risks and complications patients need to be aware of. It helps to know exactly what a rhinoplasty involves. Below you’ll discover the answers to some of the most common questions about rhinoplasty.
What is rhinoplasty?
Commonly referred to as a ‘nose job’, rhinoplasty is a procedure carried out to reshape the nose. It can be used to increase or decrease the size of the nose, alter the shape of the tip, shift the angle between the upper lip and the nose, or straighten out the septum.
The procedure can be carried out via an open or closed technique. In open rhinoplasty, a tiny incision is made between the nostrils. With closed rhinoplasty, an incision is made inside the nostrils. The latter results in less noticeable scarring, though even in the open method, scarring is limited.
The exact process will depend upon the type of surgery being performed. Your surgeon will talk through the procedure with you during the consultation.
Do I need to do anything to prepare?
If you are a smoker, you are advised to quit for at least one month before the operation. This ensures the nose will have plenty of blood flow to aid in the healing process. Patients will also need to avoid taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for a period of two weeks prior to the operation.
What can I expect from the recovery?
After rhinoplasty, the face will be bandaged and plastered to protect the area. Stitches are removed within 5-7 days of surgery, before the plaster is removed within 7-10 days. You are likely to experience bruising and swelling during this time.
You will need to take at least two weeks off work and daily activities. Full results of the surgery won’t be visible for around nine months.
Can I combine a rhinoplasty with a different procedure?
In some cases, rhinoplasty can be combined with other procedures such as chin augmentation. You can talk through your options with the surgeon during your consultation. Having combined surgeries can sometimes maximise results.
What is a revision rhinoplasty?
Although rare, sometimes a revision rhinoplasty may be required. It could be that you didn’t like the results, or something may have gone wrong at another clinic and you now need the surgery to be revised. A rhinoplasty revision is a very complex procedure that requires a skilled surgeon. The surgeon will talk through your options and the procedure they will be following based upon your circumstances.
Overall, a rhinoplasty is a popular procedure which can really help patients to improve their quality of life. However, before undergoing the procedure, it’s important to know everything about it.